January 28, 2006 01:06 PM by Joe Blackmon
American Idol 5 continues the tradition of American Idol 4 by turning a TV show into one of the top news stories in America. Hearing about the minor legal infractions committed by American Idol contestants is actually a welcome break from stories about Avian Flu and the war in Iraq.
One of the biggest American Idol stories of the week has been the continued saga of the American Idol twins: Terrell Brittenum and Derrell Brittenum. They were the first two contestants to make it through to Hollywood on the American Idol premiere, and they are apparently the first two contestants to get disqualified from the competition. Terrell and Derrell Brittenum wound up in jail over allegedly buying a car using another man’s identity. Even though there has been no official press release from FOX in regards to the status of the Brittenum twins, MTV.com reports that the twins are out on bond and that their lawyer told an Atlanta radio station that they were “uninvited” from the competition.
The twins aren’t the only American Idol contestants making news about their run-ins with the law. Even though Rhonetta Johnson didn’t make it through to the next round of the competition, her profanity-filled tirade against Paula Abdul made her one of the more memorable contestants of the American Idol Greensboro, North Carolina auditions. Wizbang Pop! reports on some previous arrests of Rhonetta for DWI and some other charges.
A former contestant is also making news. The New York Daily News is reporting on a National Enquirer article where a former Army Ranger is claiming to have had unprotected sex with Clay Aiken. The New York Daily News points out that when they contacted John Paulus that he swore “he wasn’t going to sell out singer Clay Aiken,” but something evidently changed his mind and now his story is in the National Enquirer.
Most of this week’s major celebrity magazines have a couple pages devoted to some of the worst American Idol auditions. People Magazine (print edition) has a quote from Zachary Travis, who gained fame when he stormed out the auditions blaming his elimination on prejudice. Zachary is quoted as telling People, “I am whatever you want me to be. If you think I’m a boy, I’m a boy. If you think I’m a girl, I’m a girl. I don’t make it a big issue. And, yeah, when I can afford it, I want to get the operation.” While Us Weekly (print edition) was able to catch up with sexy dancer Yuliya Matus, who claimed to need Idol in order to get her visa renewed so she could stay in the U.S. According to Us Weekly, Yuliya’s visa was renewed anyway.